Pittsburgh and New York City police are searching for 19-year-old Stevie Bates, an Occupy Wall Street protester who has gone missing after traveling cross country with OWS friends while heading to an Occupy event.
Stevie was last heard from when she stopped at a layover in Pittsburgh on April 27th on her way home to New York and she hasn’t been seen since.
Stevie was last seen boarding the bus in Pittsburgh bound for arrival in NY on April 27. Her mother Vivian last spoke to her on the phone when she was at the Greyhound station in Pittsburgh at 7:52 pm. She told her mother that when she got back she would be staying with friends in Brooklyn and would be home later in the day but never arrived.
Bates is a former cheerleader at the Bronx High School of Science, has shoulder-length blond dreadlocks, weighs 120 pounds and is 5’6″ tall. She has a nose piercing and a belly piercing.
The family filed a missing person’s report with the City of Yonkers Police Department on May 9, according to Eugene Marron, a police dispatcher for the Yonkers Communications Department.
Stevie, who live in Yonkers, have received kernels of information in the days since her disappearance. Police in Pittsburgh contacted Vivian on Friday with information that Stevie was captured on video boarding a bus in that city on April 27 during a layover, Vivian said, apparently at about the same she last spoke with her.
Stevie was heavily involved in the OWS movement, living in a tent in Zuccotti Park from September of last year until the camp was raided in November.
She attended Hunter College last year but didn’t register for this semester and was applying to colleges for the fall. She was interested in studying architecture and according to Vivian, "In fact she has a couple of applications at home that are waiting for her."
The family purchased a new home in Yonkers on March 1 and was redoing the floors of the house in early April. Stevie was supposed to stay with friends in Brooklyn for a few days while the house was touched up.
A week later, on April 19, Vivian said she got a call from Stevie from Virginia, saying she had gone on a road trip to Northern California with three friends she knew from Occupy Wall Street. Stevie lost her cell phone along the way so Vivian kept in contact through a friend’s phone her daughter was traveling with.
Around April 23, Stevie told her mother their car broke down in North Carolina and they would be taking a bus to Arkansas. On April 26, Stevie had resolved to come home and boarded a Greyhound bus from Hot Springs, Ark. that was scheduled to arrive in New York City on April 28 at 5:40 a.m., Vivian said.
Last Wednesday, Vivian went to Zuccotti Park, armed with a picture of Stevie to see if anyone knew of her whereabouts telling everyone:
"My daughter is missing 14 days now. And this is unlike her not to at least be somewhere where I can find her or where her friends know where she was. I don’t know what to think. I haven’t heard anything."
For any information on the whereabouts of Stevie Bates, please contact Vivian Bates at 646-345-3410.